Sinus lifts/

bone grafts

Sinus lifts/

bone grafts

What is a sinus lift or a bone graft?

 

Sometimes, when you have been missing your natural teeth for a while, the bone in your jaw may have shrunk a lot. This can make it difficult to place implants because there isn’t enough bone to support them.

To solve this problem, a sinus lift or bone graft might be needed. This involves adding a special bone material to the area where the implants will go.

This helps to make the bone thicker and stronger, providing enough support for the implants.

Sinus lift procedure

This procedure has become very common practice. It is done by gently lifting the membrane that lines the inside of your sinus, away from the sinus floor and placing bone into this space, which thickens the upper jaw bone.

The graft is left for about 6 months to develop its own blood supply and turn into natural bone.

After this healing period, the dental implants can be placed provided there are no complications. In instances where a small sinus lift is needed, your dentist may wish to place an implant in the same surgery visit.

The extent of bone loss, the location of the bone defect and the condition of the overlaying soft tissues will influence the material and technique of choice.

Your surgeon will discuss the options with you.

Important to note

The decision to perform a sinus lift is based on an individual assessment of your oral health, bone structure, and the specific implant needs.

The dentist or oral surgeon will thoroughly evaluate your case and determine if a sinus lift is necessary or beneficial for successful implant placement.